20 (Or More) Great Ornamental Trees

Ornamental trees can add shade, color and liveliness to any landscape, but there’s a certain art to finding the right one for your landscape. Learn about the best varieties and what makes them so popular.

Success Story: Whispering Hills Garden & Landscape Center

Al Anderson wanted a better selection of nursery plants. He got just that, and he’s expanded his business to include a wide variety of landscaping needs.

Country Church/City Church

Organized religion played a major role in settling Illinois and continues to influence the culture of our region. We enjoy highlighting places of worship, one in the country and one in the city, in each issue.

Raue Center for the Arts

26 N. Williams St., Crystal Lake
(815) 356-9212

Whispering Hills Garden & Landscape Center

8401 Illinois Route 31, Cary, Ill.
(847)-658-5610

Countryside Flower Shop, Nursery & Garden Center

5301 E. Tera Cotta Avenue, Crystal Lake Ill.
(815)-459-8130

Community Banks: Small but Mighty

Think George Baley and his Building & Loan, if you like. Locally-owned community banks one-up their larger competition by being familiar and engaging with the community. Discover how five local bank presidents view you, the customer.

Nooks & Crannies

Check out these unique stores that remain off the beaten path.

A 1929 Beauty Celebrates 10 Years Since Rebirth

A decade after its massive renovation, Crystal Lake’s crown jewel is still shining, even through this recession. Discover what it is about this former movie and vaudeville house that keeps audiences returning.

Assisted Living: Making the Big Decision

It’s rarely an easy decision to move a parent into assisted living. Discover some of the warning signs that it’s time to make the big move, and learn how assisted living communities can help an aging parent.